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"Until one is committed there is hesitating, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself, Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."


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this is a GREAT quote, which I've known about since I was a 'boy' .. but, as you indicated, likely not from Goethe. Likelier, in my understanding, the epic mountain climber/writer William Hutchinson Murray. The last two lines, which are missing from your rendering are the ones I used to savor way back when:
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has Genius, Power, and Magic in it!"

But I must say, in a sense WHO CARES 'who' said it 'when'! It's a fantastically wonderful set of words! that every person, as early in their lives as possible, should be presented with!

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